The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The District shall provide eligible students within its boundaries the following options for participation part-time or full-time in virtual instruction, Kindergarten through Grade 12:

 A.through courses delivered in the traditional school setting by instructional staff providing direct instruction through either virtual instruction or by blending traditional and online instruction;

 B.through enrollment in the Florida Virtual School;

 C.through enrollment with Virtual Instruction Providers approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE);

 D.through enrollment in an online course offered by any other Florida school district;

 E.through participation in the District-operated part-time or full-time virtual instruction programs (VIP) organized under F.S. 1002.45(1).

The District shall provide access to enroll in courses available through one of the District options for virtual instruction, and shall award credit for successful completion. Access to online courses is available to students during and after the normal school day and through summer school enrollment. A District student will not be required to take an online course outside the regular school day in addition to the student's courses for a given semester or on school grounds.

The purpose of the options above is to make instruction available to District students using online and distance education technology in either a traditional classroom or a nontraditional classroom (i.e., primarily outside of public school buildings). If the student and his/her parents select part-time or full-time instruction delivered by providers approved by the FLDOE, they will have the right to select from the list of approved providers offered by the District.

The District may offer a full time or part time program for grade 9-12 students enrolled in dropout prevention, academic intervention, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), core courses to meet class size requirements, or community colleges.

Student Eligibility

Students eligible for the District VIP program must meet at least one of the following conditions:

 A.The student has spent the prior school year in attendance at a public school in this State and was enrolled and reported by a public school district for funding during the preceding October and February for the purposes of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) surveys.

 B.The student is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who was transferred within the last twelve (12) months to Florida from another state or foreign country pursuant to the parentís permanent change of station orders.

 C.The student was enrolled during the prior school year in a School District virtual instruction program under F.S. 1002.45 or a full-time Florida Virtual School program under F.S. 1002.37(8)(a).

 D.The student has a sibling who is currently enrolled in the School District virtual instruction program and that sibling was enrolled in such a program at the end of the prior school year.

 E.The student is eligible to enter Kindergarten or first grade.

 F.The student is eligible to enter grades 2 through 5 and is enrolled full-time in a District virtual instruction program, virtual charter school, or the Florida Virtual School.

Notification of Virtual Instruction Program and Enrollment Period

Within the first week of each school year, the District shall provide notification to parents and students about a student's right and choice to participate in a virtual instruction program and in courses offered by the Florida Virtual School under State law. The enrollment period for the District-operated full-time virtual instruction program, Miami-Dade Online Academy, opens in the spring of each school year for a minimum of ninety days and closes thirty days before the first day of the school year. The District provides timely written notice to parents of the enrollment period.

Online Course Requirements for Graduation

Online course requirements for graduation are set forth in Policy 5410, Student Progression Plan.

F.S. 1000.04(4)
F.S. 1001.42(3), (23)
F.S. 1002.20(6)(a)
F.S. 1002.321
F.S. 1002.37
F.S. 1002.45
F.S. 1002.455
F.S. 1003.02
F.S. 1003.4282(4)
F.S. 1003.498
F.S. 1003.499
F.S. 1006.29
F.S. 1007.27(1)
F.S. 1011.62
F.A.C. 6A-6.0981

Adopted 3/15/17

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